More on thai politics. I know, this kind of post is extremely boring but we need to understand how things work. I will try to keep it short.
In Thailand we have a system where the winner takes it all. The winner, or the leader of the winning party literally takes all. In a way he becomes the owner of the country, he will actually be more powerful than the kings that ruled the country centuries ago.
The leader of the winning party can do as he pleases. Parliament does not play a role at all because no one will dare to speak against the PM. A strong leader will have no reason to fear rebellion because the party will often belong to him. The party is his personal property. Speaking against the leader is regarded as disrespectful behaviour. Do so and the action will have consequences.
We end up with a system where one person decides everything. He will have a mandate from the people to do anything he wants. Anything at all!
The PM will appoint the national chief of police and the leader of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI). This way he will control the police and prevent any cases from being brought against him. The PM will appoint the CEOs of all the state enterprises etc.
In theory the PM has the power to fire the Commander of the Royal Thai Army.
Independent agencies are being crippled in order for the PM to become untouchable. He will not just be above the law. The PM will be the law.
The voters won’t care what is happening. Throw in a few populist policies here and there and they won’t get in the way.
Think about it for a moment. We can’t even hire a metered taxi in a city like Pattaya. A small thing you might argue, however the point is that this kind of situation arises due the absence of political consciousness in society. Jet Ski scams? Who cares? Nobody. A big thing or a small. It does not matter, nobody cares. Nobody at all.
Political scandals don’t make any difference at all. Democracy is not supposed to work this way.
It is reform of society that is needed rather than just constitutional reform.
What is the point of writing the perfect constitution if the majority of the voters embrace corruption? Corruption is so widespread that it is taken for granted.
The cure for this madness? Severe punishment. But it won’t happen. It is not the thai way of doing things. The worst that can happen is that someone will be transferred to an inactive post.
Corruption has already won this battle.
Published 24 March 2016